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Friday, October 28, 2016

It was the kind of rally we’ve come to expect from those Americans who think someone else’s equal rights are an assault on their way of life as perennial victims.

Long before politician Kim Davis took the stage in Grayson, Kentucky, her handlers were revving up the crowd of thousands. One resident in this town of 4,200 people figured out fast that God could be good for business and sold parking spaces at $20 a pop. Someone else handed out white cardboard crosses to bob over the crowd within camera range. The Daily Beast reported that one sign read, “GAY Got AIDS Yet?” On the other side, the sign read, “AIDS: Judgment or Cure?”

I can hear the objection: It’s one sign. It doesn’t represent us. Then why didn’t you do something about it? WWJD, my friends.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who had nothing to do with Davis’ release from jail, walked onstage to get things going. He ended up trying to talk over the soundtrack, sounding like one of those Oscar winners whose long-windedness cues the orchestra.

The song blasting over the loudspeakers was Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.” You may remember it as the theme song for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky III. Survivor would like you to hold that thought. The band later blasted the organizers for using the song without permission and said the band doesn’t agree with the cause.

Huckabee ended his first speech with an introduction to Davis: “I believe that her act is going to wake up the politicians, the pastors and the people.”

Her act.

He got that right, just as surely as he didn’t mean to. The unconscious mind has an uncanny way of crawling out of our mouths, doesn’t it?

And what a performance it was. The Rowan County clerk strolled across the stage to Rocky Balboa’s theme song like a hostage escaped from Satan. She was free after six whole days in jail for refusing to obey the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In the money shot that quickly went viral, she raised her arms and lifted her face to the heavens. Crying and laughing at the same time, Davis acted as if it was all she could do to collect herself after her emancipation. Great showmanship on her part. You would never have known she had just spent the previous half-hour standing silently between Huckabee and Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver as they spoke for her, over and over, to the swarm of reporters and photographers.

“Thank you all so much,” Davis told the crowd. “I love you all so very much.” The crowd started chanting, and she raised her hand in the air again as if bearing witness. “I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied, and you are a strong people. We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and every one of us is at. Just keep on pressing. Don’t let down, because He is here and He’s worthy. He’s worthy. I love you guys. Thank you so much.”

Emcee Huckabee added: “Ladies and gentlemen, your prayers have been answered. Kim will, tonight, go home. She will be with her family. She will sleep in her own bed.”

Sounds as if Davis won, right? But see, that’s not what happened. The judge released her on the condition that she stay out of the way of the five deputies who, free of her threats, are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Her chief legal adviser told CNN’s Martin Savidge that Davis hadn’t won anything. “She religiously was opposed to having her name appear on same-sex marriage licenses, and that hasn’t changed,” Savidge summarized. “It’s looking like this could be repeated once more.”

Now, if you’re like a lot of people I’ve been hearing from — not those predicting my ultimate journey into hell but the other ones — you want the media to stop covering Kim Davis. She’s one official in a little Podunk town. Why give her the attention, right?

I am grateful for the coverage. There was a time when elected officials like her all across the country violated U.S. Supreme Court rulings in their efforts to preserve a tradition of hate. They figured that no one who could do anything about it would ever find out.

Times have changed. This widespread coverage will deter some bigots and out others. And yes, I’ve been reading all the go-to-hell mail protesting my use of the word bigot. This is her religion, they say. Her personal beliefs.

Let me explain it again: Personal belief crosses the line into bigotry when a person wants to limit the legal rights of an entire group of people for being who they were born to be.

And answer this for me, would you? If this is about her religious convictions, shouldn’t she be willing to give up her salary for God?

You be in touch now.

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and an essayist for Parade magazine. She is the author of two books, including …and His Lovely Wife, which chronicled the successful race of her husband, Sherrod Brown, for the U.S. Senate. To find out more about Connie Schultz ([email protected]) and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

Photo: Kim Davis hugs her attorney Mathew Staver (R) after walking out of jail in Grayson, Kentucky on September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Tilley

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Awwww…How sweet! Lil Miss Dixie Belle clinging to a man for support. And you thought the Antebellum Big Daddy Mutton Chops were all dead?

    • FireBaron

      Sweet Jesus, Eleanore, I damn near snorted my coffee through my nose! Warn a guy next time, will ya?

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        Mea culpa. But you have to admit she’s pretty much the icon of the Dixie Belle version of what the Mutton Chops believe women should be: Tender, clinging vine Flowers of Southern Womanhood.

        Now you know why they trashed Ann Richards, Wendy Davis and prefer dippy women like Bachmannistan and the Tundra Tootsie Palin. Dopey women, big bazongas and big hair…the trademark that gets a woman into the GOP.

        • Landsende

          And low IQ’s!

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            Now just why do you think this Dixie Belle was married 4 times? Her IQ is between her legs according to the Mutton Chops standard of what constitutes smart women.

          • Looner

            I bet they all think that it’s a pity she isn’t more attractive…..

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            The Mutton Chops and Corn Pones think bottle blond, big bazongas and big hair is a necessity. When they can’t get a woman who fits that template, they “satisfy” themselves with women they know are beneath them to inflate their already over-inflated egos. They just close their eyes until it’s over…roflmao

          • Dominick Vila

            Kim has all the personal attributes needed to be Donald’s running mate…

  • charleo1

    If “It” slurs, scapegoats, maligns, denigrates, or claims some extra-Constitutional Right that no longer exists in our Country. In order to discriminate, shun, bar from access, or otherwise disenfranchise, some less powerful group in the Country. Because that group is, “A.” invariably a minority. And, “B.” because they believe they can get away with, “it.” That ‘It,’ can be found today on the Conservative Right. But this, ‘It,’ has been with us longer than any mere political entity. ‘It,” dwells within the basest human heart of us all. The Its were there over 2000 years ago. When Jesus urged us as God’s Children to turn away from these mortal imperfections, and love one another, and act as shepherds that left no lamb behind, and to be our Brother’s Keepers. Ancient Conservatives, the, ‘Its,’ of their day, had their strongly held beliefs, which they too asserted came from God. And so killed the messenger for His supposedly apostate message. “A.” Because He was a minority, and, “B.” Because they believed they could get away with, “it.” John Wilkes Booth was an It, to be sure. As was James Earl Ray, more than 150 years later. Crucifiers both, in the name of some righteousness liberty they asserted to have. To extend their “strongly held beliefs,” in their falsely asserted “Constitutional Right,” to be proud, and yet oppressed, and tyrannized,”Its.” Un-free, as it has became to discriminate, to shun, malign, denigrate, and to segregate in this American democracy, so many have had to sacrificed so much for, simply because the, “Its,” like Kim Davis are still with us.

    • FireBaron

      Perhaps if Yacob bar Yosef had more influence in the early community than did Shimon bar Yonah, under the influence of the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus, we would be a much more open group, welcoming everyone. Instead, thanks to the Pharisaic rhetoric of Saul, Conservative Christianity has become a body of misogynistic, anti-intellectual, anti-(everything that isn’t “them”) bigots looking more at keeping others out of their version of Heaven than in spreading the good news offered by Yacob’s brother, the Rabbi Yeheshua bar Yosef al Nasori.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Here’s a fun game you can play and it’s absolutely free. The next time you get junque calls or junk mail, keep track of where these come from. Ever notice how 90% of the worst of it comes from Republican state scammers?

    Next? Check out which states are the most heavily invested in credit and collections and where your bills are all processed. You find most are in Republican states. Why? Because these are the types of businesses that can get the biggest tax subsidies from YOUR tax dollars.

    IN other words, these are states who can’t maintain any semblance of hi-tech progress. You can see the states that top the list of hi-tech are in Dems states. That should be a clue as to the type of employment Republicans offer in their states…the kind that relies on your tax dollars and your bill payments processed through mostly southern and midwestern credit and collections banks. Who, by the way, make their own bank policies. Explains a lot about why credit card interest rates are sky high, doesn’t it?

    Well, these Republicans know that high credit card interest rates make for good profit, low GOP state wages and lots and lots of your federal tax dollars.

    Smart Americans stick it to them. Cut up credit cards and use your local banks with no ties to Republican states.

    • plc97477

      I just pay off my card every month. Don’t have any interest.

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        I got tired of banking games. I no longer use any credit cards. My debit card has no fee and I can use it just about anywhere. Like you, I love zero balances, not being held hostages by bank fees.

        If ever there was a time when the government needs to investigate banking policies, the time is long past due.

        When a guy like Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase publicly responds to Sen. Warren’s threat to fine all banks refusing to comply with the January 2009 banking reform laws, and he said, “So fine me. We can afford it.”

        Sure he can. He took TARP and ARRA money from taxpayers. He’s loaded. But when banks openly flout a law set in place to avoid another 2008-Style Financial Meltdown, you see just how these arrogant hucksters are getting away with fraud.

        They are supposed to keep 80% on deposit. They are refusing to do that and instead have gone right back to keeping only 20% on deposit (Your bank deposits by the way). You know what will happen should China’s economy worsen and the ripple effect hits Wall Street.

      • charleo1


    • David

      Eleanore!!! I feel so much better! I found your post this morning for my daily chuckle. Please cite your authority for the statement that, “..which states are the most heavily invested in credit and collections and are where your bills are all processed. You find most are in Republican states.” Even if so, which I doubt, when did they begin business there; which party at that time was in control of that state’s government; and, what legislation was enacted that provided them the advantage to entice them to go there.
      We both know you can’t support your bluster.
      Credit and collection businesses get the “biggest tax subsidies from YOUR tax dollars”? What Federal tax subsidies are you referring to?
      We both know you can’t support your bluster.
      “You cans see the states that top the list hi-tech are in Dems states.” What is your definition of ‘hi-tech’? What is your source for this statement?
      We both know you can’t support your bluster.
      High credit card interest rates are not set by the Republicans. In reality, the LIBOR (London Interbank Offering Rate) between banks is the main determining factor on credit card interest rates.
      Please be more careful in the future when spouting “facts”. It would appear that they are groundless musings of an angry spinster. Have a blessed day.

      • Insinnergy

        Ahh it’s the judgemental anti-Christian.
        About time.

        • David

          Anti-Christian? An unusual moniker. Maybe because I don’t fit the mold you see as fitting a Christian? Or because I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior?

  • plc97477

    The best way for her to show her love for her god (not capitalized for reason) would be for her to quit her job and let someone do it who knows how.

  • Paragryne

    I’m more of a Beverly Hillbillies fan myself.

    • Robert Eckert

      Lemme sing a little song about a gal named Kim,
      Poor county clerk, kinda plain and rather dim,
      Then one day she was hating on some gays,
      Hit with an injunction, that no court would stay… an order, that is… ungodly… legalese…

      Well the next thing you know, Kim found herself in jail,
      Her lawyers set her up for major fail,
      But then the judge said, enough, and set her free,
      So she could be a campaign prop, for Huckabee… shill, he is… scamming fool… looney ward…
      [rousing banjo solo]

      So now I think we’ve heard enough from Kim and all her kin,
      Who tell us Biblically that same-sex marriage is a sin,
      But that of course does not apply to her adultery,
      Cause what could be more Christian, than hypocrisy?

  • jim muster

    She is disgusting … The Walmart crowd now has a new super hero …… Wonder if Trump will rate her as a 10 ?

  • jmprint

    I haven’t seen her hug her husband as passionate as she is hugging her attorney, maybe she is are working on #5.

  • Insinnergy

    Hick religious throwback.
    Well done America… you’re breeding them dumber and dumber in the south.
    I can’t even start to describe how stupid this “cause” is… or the “God’s Law trumps Man’s Law” idiocy… or the comparisons to people who fought against exactly this sort of racist bigotry.
    How about I just leave a question here…
    Tea Party Evangelical Knuckledraggers: When someone tries to take your guns you tell everyone that the CONSTITUTION is law… and it says your guns cannot be taken away. When you want to be racist and discriminate against people you tell us that no court can force Man’s CONSTITUTION on you because God’s Law takes precedence.
    You may pick only one.
    Which is it?

    • David

      Easy…Molon labe!